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CRTC okays Bell Media buying out 35.8% of English-speaking media market in Canada

CRTC okays Bell Media buying out 35.8% of English-speaking media market in Canada

Bell Canada Enterprises (BCE)'s most recent bid to buy Astral Media's television and radio services for CAD$3.4 billion has been approved on Thursday by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), the Canadian regulatory body which supervises broadcasting and telecommunications.

CRTC okays Bell Media buying out 35.8% of English-speaking media market in Canada

CRTC okays Bell Media buying out 35.8% of English-speaking media market in Canada

Bell Canada Enterprises (BCE)'s most recent bid to buy Astral Media's television and radio services for CAD$3.4 billion has been approved on Thursday by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), the Canadian regulatory body which supervises broadcasting and telecommunications.

City unveils plans for the transformation of Hall Street

City unveils plans for the transformation of Hall Street

Climbing those stairs on Hall Street is not everyone’s idea of a good time. But Robert Fershau wants to change that. As one of the landscape architects re-designing Hall street, he’s hoping to make the best of that 16% grade on the 300 block.

“We want to celebrate the grade,” he says.  “Why can’t those stairs be fun? We want to entice people up and down, and turn it from an arduous journey to one that is meandering and enjoyable.”

CBT asks residents to rank priorities

CBT asks residents to rank priorities

People throughout the Basin have given Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) their input on the key social, economic and environmental issues in their region, and how to address them. Now the public—those who completed the first step, plus anyone else who wishes to join the process—is invited to help increase understanding of the region’s priorities. Visit www.cbt.org/engagement2013by July 7, 2013.

New bus routes and schedules for Nelson and region start July 2

New bus fares and schedules for Nelson and region start July 2

Transit service will be free on July 2 to celebrate a new system of bus routes, fares, and schedules that will kick in on that day across the West Kootenay region.

In Nelson there are significant changes, with separate routes and schedules for Uphill, Rosemont, and Fairview.

Out of Left Field: Premier's response to Alberta flooding lukewarm at best

Out of Left Field: Premier's response to Alberta flooding lukewarm at best

I was a little startled to read Premier Christy Clark's press release regarding Alberta flooding (see below) - there was no mention of flooding in B.C., no pledge of mutual assistance, nor any statement speaking to assistance already en route ... really, no information at all - I could've been more enlightened by a two-minute blurb on CBC.

Perhaps this is the correct move - B.C. may be hard-hit in the days and weeks to come, and maybe it's best she keeps her focus where her greatest responsibilities lie?

What do you think?

Clark's release:

Out of Left Field: Cop creates cause for editorial rant

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I was just saying the other day that it's been a long time since I penned a good old-fashioned rant deriding the moronic behaviour of members of our society who seem to find themselves with a common sense deficit – but really, I've had nothing to complain about, being surrounded by largely thoughtful, reasonable, competent people.

As if hearing my conversation verbatim and wanting to help out, however, a handful of would-be Facebook pundits rose to the challenge, presenting a perspective so asinine as to warrant their very own editorial rant.

B.C. wildfire personnel head to Alaska

B.C. wildfire personnel head to Alaska

The Wildfire Management Branch is sending personnel and resources to Alaska to aid in fire suppression efforts, Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson announced today.

"B.C.'s wildland firefighters are recognized as the world's best,” Thomson said. “We're pleased to be able to lend assistance to other jurisdictions when we are able."

Recycling changes in the works for Nelson

Recycling changes in the works for Nelson

The city and the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) will be making crucial decisions this summer that will lead to changes to the curbside residential recycling system in Nelson.

Starting in May of 2014, Nelson’s taxpayers will no longer have to pay for pick-up or recycling of paper and packaging. The manufacturers who produce the waste will have to do that, as required by B.C.'s Ministry of the Environment.

COMMENT: Who decides what Canadians need?

COMMENT: Who decides what Canadians need?

Unless you are a magazine publisher, you’ve probably never heard of the Canada Magazine Fund. Administered by Heritage Canada, the CMF was established 24 years ago to “contribute towards the production of high-quality magazines showcasing the diverse work of a wide cross-section of Canadian creators” and to build “capacity to help ensure the continued growth and vitality of the Canadian magazine publishing industry”.

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